Introduction The results are in! The Orient conducted its fourth annual First Year Student Survey (FYSS) for the newest Polar Bears earlier this month. The survey received 203 responses, representing approximately 40 percent of the Class of 2027.
College policy surrounding its Covid-19 pandemic management has shifted dramatically over the past several months. In his August 3 email to the Bowdoin community, President Rose announced the outright discontinuation of many of the College’s previous Covid policies, including masking requirements in classrooms and mandatory, twice-weekly PCR testing.
The results are in! After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Orient conducted its third first year survey, asking members of the Class of 2026 about their identities, experiences and expectations for Bowdoin.
As the College’s year of mostly virtual learning concludes, 73 percent of students approve or strongly approve of their spring 2021 classes, while only 17 percent disapprove or strongly disapprove of their classes. In a slight overall decrease from the fall 2020 semester, 77 percent of students feel the College is handling the COVID-19 crisis well or very well—slightly down from 81 percent of students approving of the College’s response to the pandemic in fall.